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Avid Xpress Pro / Media Composer Logging Clips

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Logging your clips before you capture them onto your hard drive is a great way to not only save space but is a great time to name all of your clips. If you stick an hour long tape in and log straight through the hour you will most likely have a lot of wasted space and you will have a bunch of unnamed clips, or one big clip if you do not turn on sub-clipping. To log clips from an Avid controlled deck simply follow these steps:

1. Make sure the camera or deck is properly connected and turned on and the desired tape is mounted.
2. Open the bin in which you want to store the clips.
3, Enter Capture mode.
4. Place capture tool into Log mode by clicking the cap/mod button until log appear.
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5. Name your tape the appropriate name.
6. Set either an IN point or an OUT point for the clip you want to log.
7. Enter a clip name.
8. To finish logging the clip, do one of the following:
a. If the deck is running: Click the Mark OUT and Log button or press F4. The clip is logged into the bin and the deck continues to play.
b. If you want to cue the remaining start or end point: Use the deck controls to locate the start or end point. Set the remaining IN or OUT point either by clicking the Mark OUT and Log button or the Mark IN and Log button. The clip is logged into the bin.
c. If you want to log using timecode: Type a timecode for the clip's IN point, OUT point, or duration in the timecode text boxes next to the corresponding icon. Then enter the mark by pressing the Go to IN or the Go to OUT button, which scans the tape forward to the mark, or by pressing Enter.
9. Now highlight all or one of the clips in your bin an select batch capture.
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Once you practice logging clips it will be the only way you will import your media in the future.

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